Tinkering for Tots

Pre-School Program

Greenfield Village

Special Event at Greenfield Village

  • Second Monday of each Month (May - September)
  • Time: 10am - noon

Free with Village admission.

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Monthly Themes

August - Riding on Rubber

Discover where rubber comes from and how this amazing material is used to make everything from tires to toys, elastic bands to gloves. Explore how Thomas Edison and other innovators worked on ways to make a rubber substitute.  Look closely at a Model T or the village bike riders’ historic bikes, and you’ll discover that people are riding on rubber.

Hands-on Activities

  • What is rubber? - Fort Myers Laboratory 
    Rubber is a natural material, but it took inspired ideas to make it a useful material. Innovators like Thomas Edison also experimented with creating man-made rubber. Discover more about these experiments at Edison’s Fort Myers Laboratory.

  • Rubber at work: How versatile is this material? - Bagley Avenue Workshop, next to Ford Motor Company and Wright Cycle Shop, Main Street
    Visit Henry Ford’s Bagley Avenue Workshop to see what Ford used to get his Quadricycle rolling, then compare the tires to the ones you find for sale in the window of the Wright Cycle Shop.

  • Try making music with rubber - Village Pavilion, Main Street
    Can rubber make sound? Discover the answer and make your own rubber band guitar.

  • Test the qualities of rubber - Kosch Village Playground
    Visit the Kosch Village Playground, and check out the rubber surface you play on. 

Inspiring Stories - Across from J.R. Jones General Store
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your tinkering tot. Today we focus on Bouncy Tires and Ada Twist, Scientist.

Artifact of the Day
Tires at Ford Motor Company 
In 1906, Harvey Firestone sold 2,000 sets of tires to Henry Ford for his automobiles — at the time, the world’s largest order of rubber automobile tires.

September 11 - Natural materials

Celebrate the harvest season as we explore natural materials that we grow, gather, and use to make and decorate useful objects.

Ticket Prices

Parking is $6 per vehicle for non-members, free for members.

Greenfield Village

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $24.50
General Admission (12-61) Free $27.00
Youth (3-11) Free $20.25
Children (2 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.

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August Program Map (PDF)

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